ART! : Retablo Series

Frida Kahlo collected—and was inspired by—retablos, a form of Mexican folk art devotional painting. I, in turn, am inspired by Frida Kahlo. Selecting from among hundreds of drawings I am making —starting in the pandemic and continuing to this day— through Life Drawing Barcelona on Zoom, I’m putting together this series. You can currently view the unsold pieces at
Da Beans Green on the road to Volcano.

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We’re all afraid to face…that open space. [Neil Young]

#1 That Open Space

He not busy being born is busy dying.
[Bob Dylan]

#2 Busy Being Born

Don’t just do something, sit there!
[Sylvia Boorstein?]

#3 Sit There!

Regret doesn’t come from failure; it comes from giving up. [Mel Robbins]

#4 Regret

The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence. [Blake Lively]

#5 Confidence SOLD

Look at the moon in the sky, not the one in the lake. [Rumi]

#6 Look at the Moon

To think for yourself, question yourself. [Maxime Lagacé]

#7 Reflection SOLD

None so blind as (s)he who will not see. [John Heywood]

Accepted into the Barcelona Life Drawing
2021 Winter Solstice Exhibition

#8 None So Blind SOLD


You can leave your hat on. [Randy Newman]

#9 Hat On SOLD

The best protection a woman can have
is courage.
[Elizabeth Cady Stanton]

#10 Protection SOLD

I don’t need a position…I have a place. [Brian Rutenberg ?]

#11 Place SOLD

The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.  [Swedish proverb]

#13 Self-reliance SOLD

The ultimate act of power is surrender.
[Krishna Das]

#15 Surrender

Truth is not hidden – you are hiding from it.
[Sadhguru]]

#17 Hiding

#19 Silence SOLD

Dance like no one is watching. [Mark Twain]

#21 Dance

Resentment is like taking rat poison and expecting the rat to die. [Saint Augustine]

#23 Resentment

I am the measure of my worth and I say I am worthy. [Unknown}

#25 Worthy

What the caterpillar calls the end the rest of the world calls a butterfly. [Lao Tzu]

#25 Transformation

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This self-portrait represents two forces competing for the artist’s focus and her struggle to reconcile these in making art as well as in navigating life.

#12 The Ying and Yang of It NFS

What’s life without whimsey?
[Dr. Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory]

#14 Whimsey

Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened.
[Theodor Seuss Geisel]

#16 Remembering

God is the name of the blanket we throw over the mystery to give it SHA_E.*
[Barry Taylor]

#18 SHA_E
*This is a Wordle reference. How would you complete this? This quote can be found online with two different final words: either “shape” or “shame.”

Today is a good day to boss up. [Germany Kent]

#20 Boss Up

The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. [Rumi]

#22 Offering SOLD

I keep waiting to meet a man who has
more balls than I do. [Salma Hayek]

#24 Waiting

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Contact Deborah Masterson deborah@rhythmfullcircle.com

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